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A Lesson in Consistency From The MAC Counter

I had the pleasure of receiving a “natural look” makeover at the MAC counter.  It was on a weekend and it was crazy busy.  I watched the makeup artist/manager “Stacy” handle it all with finesse.  You could tell she had a real passion for her job.  Being a lover of all things art, caused me to ask her, “How did you get into this line of work?”


Interesting enough Stacy had a degree in science and had previously worked as an engineer.  She began doing makeup (mostly for weddings) on the side.  She would often visit MAC for her make up artistry inventory.  Eventually, she was at the store nearly every day just hanging out and helping.  Finally, the staff said, “Hey you should work here.”  So she began working part time.  Her consistency in her passion shined through and led MAC to offer her a job as a manager.  Now she has traded in her science beaker for makeup brushes and brings joy to every lady that has the pleasure of sitting at her makeup counter.
Let that be a lesson in passion a…

How to Create An Eclectic Decor That Doesn't Look Like Someone Threw Up

ec·lec·tic: deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources. Wow, eclectic decor is the most freeing decor style, in my opinion.  If you are a thrifter, it can be fun and almost magical like to discover design and color elements for your interior.  The trick is to add color and design in artful ways that compliment each other and don't dispense a feeling of chaos.

So how do you create an eclectic design decor that doesn't end up looking like someone threw up in the room?  Turns out there are a few tricks.

1.  Use black and white patterns to stabilize vibrant colors



2. Use the color wheel to create themesThe Monochromatic Theme

The monochromatic color theme makes use of one color in various hues, tones, and patterns to create an aesthetically pleasing design.


The Analogous Theme The Analogous theme takes 2 - 6 colors that sit side by side on the color wheel and uses them throughout an interior design


Men's Rompers: Is it Hot or Not?

Ladies, there's a new trend in the U.S. for men to wear one piece jumpers also known as men's rompers.  What do you think is this fashion trend hot or is it just a not?



American Eagle Outfitters & Zara, Now Among Fashion Brands Being Shipped to Africa

Africa now has access to U.S. and European brands like Zara and American Eagle Outfitters through an app called Mall for Africa.







These brands along with other trendy western brands, do not offer shipping to countries in Africa.  That's where the Mall For Africa App comes in.  According to the website it is a seamless shopping experience.   The Mall for Africa uses Paypal and other payment forms to ship your items to a U.S. or UK warehouse, then the delivery is made by DHL to either your front door or one of the many package  pick up sites they have in Africa.

Here's a Video of The Online Ordering Process Besides American Eagle Outfitters and Zara, Mall For Africa offers shoppers over 180 stores they can safely shop from.  Africans now have access to store brands such as:  Banana Republic, Bloomingdales, Ralph Lauren and more.  
The CEO of Mall For Africa is Nigerian born, Chris Folayan.  He noticed a need for a shipping method for African shoppers who wished to purchase weste…

3 Things You Didn't Know About African Fashion

African fashion is key to to the heritage of Africans and those in the African diaspora.  From the vivid fabrics of kente cloth and ankara to the regalia of jewelry and head wraps; the history and future of  African fashion continues to thrive.  Here are some surprising facts about the fashion in Africa that may just surprise you.
1. Africa Fashion Week Nigeria #AFWN
Yes, Africa has it's own Fashion Week in Nigeria.  This year it is being hosted June 3rd & 4th at The National Theater in Lagos, Nigeria.  There will be 50 designers and Fashion Houses present.   Africa Fashion Week Nigeria was created by Ronke Ademiluyi, along with Africa Fashion Week London, in order to showcase new and upcoming African clothing designers and to preserve the culture.  For more information please visit the official website Africa Fashion Week Nigeria.  To get the latest updates on twitter use the hashtag #AFWN
2.  African Waist Beads

African waist beads are worn throughout Africa, but are especially…

4 Ways to Look Slimmer Now Using Ruching

Ruching is a sewing technique that adds gathers, ruffles or pleats to clothing.  When strategically placed, these gathers can greatly enhance the feminine silhouette and disguise belly fat.  Here are 4 fashion ensembles using ruching that are sure to make you look slimmer now!


1. A Dress With Ruching
Just look at the stark difference in these 2 red dresses.  There has been no weight loss between the picture on the left and the va va voom picture on the right.  
When Shopping for a dress with ruching look for:
Gathers that sweep across the stomach
Gathers that flow in an upward motion
Dresses Made With Jersey Fabric





2.  A Jumpsuit With Ruching
Jumpsuits in general are flattering to the figure because they automatically offer a monochromatic look.  Whenever you wear one color on top and bottom it has an elongating effect.

When Shopping for a jumpsuit with ruching look for:

Roominess in the tummy area
Material that offers some stretch
Gathers that give a wrap around feel 
A Belt that sits high o…

African Americans Are The Largest Group Affected By HIV/AIDS in the U.S.

Recently a statistic was released stating that Atlanta Ga now has the highest incidence of HIV in the United States.  


This picture taking from Instagram, has been floating all over social media.1 in 51 people living in Georgia are expected to have HIV in their lifetime.  According to some these statistics are on the same level as African Countries.
Dr. Anthony Faucia from the National Institute of Health, has been making medical strides against HIV/AIDS for the last 30 years. Recently he held a conference with statistical slides unveiling information that African Americans are most affected by HIV/AIDS in The United States.
According to Dr Faucia when AIDS first came out patients died within 1-2 years.  Now with medication patients can live an additional 50 years.  
With the antiretroviral medications available in this country there is noway people should continue dying of AIDS.
There is a realistic possibility to vanish HIV/AIDS by 2030 according to Patrick Eba from The Human Rights and…